TUTORIALS

Cot Bumpers 

Halloween Trick or Treat Bags 

Christmas Hanging Treat Cones  

Oven Gloves & Half-Apron  

Toddler Summer Sunhat   

Princess Drawstring Backpack



Princess Drawstring Backpack





What you will need:

  • Sewing machine with matching threads
  • Half a metre of each of the princess fabrics, I used the blue and the pink combination.
  • 4 yards of cord to make the drawstring, 2 pieces measuring 2 yards – you can always cut this down if it’s too long for the person who will be using the bag.
I have used a quarter inch sewing seam.



Making the drawstring backpack: Step 1

Cut 4 pieces of fabric 27” x 11 ½ “.  Two are for the lining and two for the outside of the bag.
If you are using directional fabric as I am, then you will need to cut the four pieces but if you are using non-directional fabric, then you could cut two larger pieces, one for the outside and one for the lining, and then fold them in half, just double up the length if you do it this way.



Step 2 
Cut 4 pieces of fabric 9 ½ “ x 3”. These are for the top of the bag where the drawstring goes through.




Step 3
Cut one piece of 1 ½ “ x 7” fabric, this is for the two tabs at the bottom of the bag, that hold the cord.
Cut two pieces of cord, each 2 yard long.




Step 4
Next take the outside fabric and pin the shorter  edges together, this will be the bottom of the bag so making sure that the direction of the fabric will be the correct way up.



Step 5
Sew the outer fabric along this seam and press the seam open.



Step 6
Sew the lining fabric along this seam making sure that you leave a 3” gap for turning in the middle of the seam, press the seam open.

(You’ll notice that I forgot to leave the 3” gap for turning!  I went back and unpicked it, it is easily done! )


Step 7
Next mark ½ “ from the bottom seam, either with a pen or a pin, this is the mark where you will be placing the tabs.



Step 8
Take the piece of fabrics that measures 1 ½ “ x 7” and folder each long side inwards towards the right side of the fabric and press.




Step 9
Then press both sides together with the folded fabric inside.


Step 10
Sew along the edge, as close as possible to the edge.




Step 11
Cut this length of fabric in half, this will make the two tabs that you will sew at the bottom of the bag.

Step 12
Place the edge of a tab against the half inch mark at the bottom of the bag and pin, then pin the other end of the tab just above it, repeat on both sides.



Step 13
Turn the right sides together to form the bag shape and pin along the long sides, ensure you add plenty of pins to the tabs, this will make sure that they don’t move when you machine the sides up.


Step 14
Machine both long sides.  I sewed over the tabs 3 or 4 times, just to give them more strength as this where the cord will be threaded.

Step 15
Now take the four pieces of fabric that are going to form the top of the bag and this is where the cord will be threaded through to make the drawstring.
Take two pieces, with right sides together, sew along 3 sides, leaving one long side unsewn.


Step 16
Clip the corners and turn the fabric to right side out and press.
Then fold these along the long side again and press again.


Step 17
I used both colours of fabric for this, using the blue inside and the pink outside.

Now pin the tops of the bags – along the unsewn side, to the top of the large bag pieces, there will be a gap either side as the top band is shorter than the bag.


Step 18
Next place the pinned bag and top inside the lining – the lining should be right sides in.


Step 19
Now you are going to pin all the pieces together along the top side of the bag.  First of all match the side seams and pin those together.


Step 20
Next pin all along the top, taking the pins from the inside, where the bag and tops are pinned together, and place them on the outside, pinning all the layers together, you will need to add more pins just to make sure that nothing is going to move when you come to sew them up.

Step 21
When they are all pinned in place, sew all around the top.  I found it easier to take the extension table off the machine at this point.


Step 22 
Now the bag is ready for turning to the right sides out.  Gently pull the bag through the 3” gap that you left in the lining (if you forgot to leave a gap you can just unpick 3”).


Step 23 
This is how the bag will now look.  Give it a good press making sure you press the bottom seams together along the 3” gap ready to sew.
Step 24
Sew along the 3” gap, close to the edge, using the machine or hand sew it.  This seam won’t be seen as it is the lining.
Push the lining inside the bag ready to thread the cord.
Tie an end of one of the cords to a safety pin and thread this through one side of the gap at the top of the bag, out of the end and then back into the other side of the bag so it forms a loop around the top of the bag. 



Pull both ends of the cord to make sure they are the same length.
Take one of the lengths and thread it through the tab, then tie a knot in the end.



That is one side of the cord threaded and now do the same to the other side, making sure you start the threading at the top, from the other side of the bag.




Your drawstring bag is now complete!




Made by Sally Mitton for The Craft Cotton Co 2017


Toddler's Summer Hat Tutorial

August 3, 2017
How to make an easy summer hat for your child using the beautiful Winnie the Pooh fat quarters and plain contrasting fat quarters.  These fabrics are fabulous and you can make hats with the different characters and colour ways.




What you will need:

-Sewing machine with matching threads
-4 fat quarters.  I used the Winnie the Pooh pack with the Craft Cotton Co plain contrasting pack of fat quarters and interfacing.

I have used a quarter inch sewing seam.

Making the hat:

For the hat I used three shapes.  I drew a 7” circle.   A wide band 4 ½ " x  7 ½ ".  And a  narrow band 13” x 2 ½ “.   I slightly curved the bands so they would fit around the hat easier.

The size of the hat can be changed easily by making smaller or larger shapes for the template.

Using two fat quarters of contrasting fabric, cut out two of each shape, one in each colour, and cut out one of each shape in the interfacing.

Iron the interfacing onto the outside fabric.

Taking the outside interfaced fabric, clip and then sew the wide band to the hat top, then the narrow band to the wide band to make the brim of the hat.

Repeat the above with the lining fabric. Then with right sides together pin the lining hat to the outer fabric hat along the brim edge making sure to leave a gap for turning.


Turn the hat to the right side out and hand sew the gap along the brim. 



Made by Sally Mitton for the Craft Cotton Co 2017
Check out her blog here http://sallymitton.blogspot.co.uk/



Cupcakes Half Apron and Oven Gloves

June 15, 2017

What you will need:

  • Sewing machine with matching threads
  • 4 fat quarters (2 for the main apron 1 for the waist band and tie and 1 for the pockets – you could use scrap fabric for the pockets if you wanted)
  • A small plate to use as a template.
  • Paper or card to make the pocket template (I searched on Pinterest for a template or make your own).
  • I have used a quarter inch sewing seam.
Making the apron:

Place two fat quarters with right sides together and take a round template (I used a saucer) and round off the two corners at the bottom of your apron. 


Sew three sides together, leaving the top open, then clip your round seams and turn the right way out and press.
Next take a contrasting fat quarter for the waist band and ties and measure 3” strips for the length you need, I used 4 of the strips to make 84” in total.



Sew these together to form a long strip,  press open the seams.  Press the strip in half, then press under each length side ¼”.


Find the middle of the apron and pin the waist band strip to the apron.  Sew up the seam making sure the ends are tucked and sew these up.


Making the pockets:

Take two templates (these could be pleated or patch pockets) and cut out 2 pockets and 2 inside pockets with 2 pocket bands, I used contrasting fat quarters for these.



Place pocket and inside pocket pieces together and sew around all edges leaving a gap on the top edge of about 3 to 4 inches for turning.  Clip your round seams and turn, press and sew the edge up.


Take your pocket band, fold fabric length ways right side in and press.  Sew three edges together, clip seams and press open.  Press under a ¼” seam along the open edge.


Take one pocket and pleat, I used just one pleat but you can use more if you prefer, just as long as it fits inside the pocket band.  Fit the pocket inside the band, pin and sew together to form the whole pocket.


Measure where you would like the pockets to sit on your apron, pin and sew the sides and bottom to the apron.

You now have a lovely double sided apron!


How to make the Oven Gloves

What you will need:

  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • 2 fat quarters of fabric
  • Heat insulated wadding
  • Ribbon for making loop to hang the gloves.
  • Card or paper to make a glove template.
  • Fabric erasable pen or pins.


First make a template from either an old oven glove you have or draw around your hand making sure there is plenty of space around, you could also use Google to find a template to use.

Take 1 fat quarter of fabric for the outer of the glove and either draw the glove template onto the fabric or pin the template x 4 and cut these out.


Repeat x 4 for the inside fabric and for the insulated wadding.


With your glove shaped fabric, pin the wadding to the wrong side of the outer glove and sew for all pieces.


Take 2 outer pieces, right sides together and sew leaving the bottom open.  Repeat for the lining but making sure you leave the long side with a 4” opening for turning.


Turn the outer gloves to the right side out and press.  Take a piece of ribbon, folding it in half; sew to the edge of the glove, making sure the ribbon is facing down the glove


Then place the outer glove (right side out) inside a lining glove (right side in), matching the side seams together, pin the gloves, sew together.




Turn the glove to the right side using the gap in the lining and press.  Sew up the lining gap.



Now you have two pretty oven gloves!




Made by Sally Mitton for the Craft Cotton Company 2017

Join in the Mind Crafternoon - 5th - 9th December 2016 with a Christmas Sewing Project



We're getting together to have a fun Crafternoon whilst raising some money for Mind.  
Enjoy the blog and hop around to the other crafter's blogs to see what fun things you can make.   

The Crafternoon is to have fun and to raise money and awareness of  the charity Mind who offer help to everyone facing mental health issues or problems, and can help to make sure they are not facing it alone, they can offer advice and support for everyone.

MIND - We won't give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

You can get your raffle tickets from this page:
 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CraftersCompanionUK

Let's get started.. and don't forget to hop around to see the other beautiful blogs and be in with a chance to win if you leave a comments...(blog links at the end)

Christmas Cones - tutorial - 

From Debbie Shore's Half Yard Christmas Book



To make the project, this makes 4 Christmas Cones, you will need:

Crafter's Companion Suppplies:
Debbie Shore's Half Yard Christmas Book
Crafter's Companion Christmas red fabric with cream stars
Crafter's Companion Christmas cream fabric with red stars

Other Supplies:
Ribbons, threads, buttons and an erasable fabric pen.


 Let's get started:


 Step 1: 

Select two contrasting fabrics, an 8inch plate (to use to draw around), contrasting ribbon and buttons.



 Step 2:
Draw a circle on to the two fabrics, using an erasable fabric pen, drawing on the wrong side of the fabric.

 Step 3:
Cut the circles out.

 Step 4:
Take the ribbon and measure 4 10 inch lengths.

 Step 5:
Fold each circle in half then in half again and finger press the creases, this gives you a cutting line to follow, open out the circle and cut into 4 equal quarters.


 Step 6:
Take 1 quarter and pin 1 piece of ribbon to the right side of the fabric, one and a half inches from the side, do this for 4 quarters.
 Step 7:
Tack the ribbon in place, this will hold the ribbon in place when you machine sew the pieces together.
 Step 8:
Pin a contrasting quarter fabric on top of the fabric with the ribbon attached, sandwiching the ribbon inside - right sides together.
 Step 9:
Machine stitch across the curved edge of each cone.

Step 10:
Open out and press your seams.

  Step 11:
Take your cone (now a diamond shape) and tucking the ribbon inside, pin across the fabric making sure you leave a gap for turning.
 Step 12:
Pin the gap for turning.
 Step 13:
Machine stitch the cone together, leaving a gap for turning.


Step 14:
Turn right sides out, taking the ribbon through first makes it easier to turn.
 Step 15:
Gently press the cones, making sure the pointed ends are pushed right out.
 Step 16:
Hand sew or machine the gap that had been left for turning.
Step 17:
Pop one contrasting cone inside the other to make the lining of your hanging cone, then turn a small amount of the lining fabric back to give a neat and pretty edge to the cone.

 Step 18:
Choose some pretty buttons to embellish your cones.

Fill the cones with sweets, chocolates or little surprises and decorate your Christmas Tree







I hope you have enjoyed this fun project and wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  Thank you for visiting my blog and supporting Mind.

Please visit our lovely inspirational blogs in the blog hop....
Sally x









Halloween Trick or Treat Bags
Adapted from Debbie Shore’s Half Yard Christmas Book – Felt Gift Bag











Trick or Treat?  If you are planning to celebrate Halloween these themed treat bags will delight your children or you could use them as Halloween party bags and fill them with treats for your little guests.  Choose your own design to personalise each bag and they can be reused time after time.


Step 1:
Choose which colour felt from the pack, measure and cut two squares 6 x 6in (15.5 x 15.5cm).
Measure and cut three rectangles 6 x 3in (15.5 x 7.5cm).

Step 2:
Draw Halloween designs for the bag.



Step 3
Cut out a template of your design and pin it on to a contrasting square of felt, cut the template out.

Step 4
Glue the design onto the front of the bag using Stick and Spray.


Step 5
Sew the design onto the bag using running stitch

Step 6
Sew the sides and bottom pieces of the bag to the front and then join the back of the bag using blanket stitch.



Step 7
Line up the top front and back of the bag together with the side tucked in, measure half an inch from the top and from the side, cut a small slit through each layer of fabric then thread the ribbon through the holes to make the handle, sew or stick the ends of the ribbon together

Make several bags in different colours and Halloween themed designs.



The spider web was created with running stitch, chain stitch for the spider legs, with black oval buttons for the spider body.

The pumpkin bag was made using a circle template for the pumpkin shapes, running stitch around the edge, slightly stuffed with wadding and black felt shapes for the eyes, nose and mouth.

Products Used:



If you don't fancy drawing a design, print this bat template or look online for many more free templates.


Cot Bumpers Tutorial







I found this easy solution to a little person's sleeping, or not sleeping I should say!  This little person moves around his cot all the time and wakes himself up much to his mum's delight!!!

The traditional cot bumper wasn't suitable for all his wriggling around so I made single bumpers for each slat of the side of the cot.  Easy to make but there were lots to make.

Equipment:
Contrasting Cotton Fabrics x 2
Cotton Wadding
Velcro

Start with measuring the sides of the cot and the height you would like the bumpers to be.

Then measure the width of each slat, adding extra for wrapping around.

I took two contrasting cotton fabrics and sandwiched cotton wadding between.  

Place the fabrics together, right sides in with the wadding on the outside, then sew up three sides of the rectangle, leaving one side open to turn.

Turn the fabric right sides out and sew the last edge together.

Then taking three strips of velco sticky and three strips of velcro soft, sew these at intervals ensuring they will wrap around and stick together.


I choose the jungle animals fabric from Dunelm and a contrasting spotty fabric for the other side



Depending on how many you need, sew them all up and wrap around the slats of the cot.


Night night little one! 

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